The United States Senate Youth Program, funded by the William Randolph
Hearst Foundation, selects 104 high school juniors and senior for a trip to
Washington, D.C., to study the branches of national government. Winners also
receive $2,000 college scholarships. To apply, elected student-government
officers take state qualifying tests. Two winners from each state, the
District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense schools overseas are
selected for the weeklong trip in March. Deadlines for the test vary by
state. For more information, contact the Hearst Foundation at (800)
841-7048, or go to

October 27-31 National Indian Education Association Convention
National Indian Education Association 32nd Annual Convention, October 27-31,
2001 - Billings, Montana. For more information:

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation offers merit-based scholarships to
college- bound seniors. Students are evaluated on leadership abilities,
academic achievements, and motivation to succeed. Fifty are chosen as
national scholars and receive $20,000 college scholarships. Another 200
students are designated regional scholars and receive $4,000 each. For more
information, contact the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation at (407) 733-5420 or
(800) 306- 2653. 

The National Association of Secondary School Principals announces the
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, which annually recognize middle level
and high school students who have demonstrated outstanding initiative or
leadership in their communities. Schools may select one honoree for every
1,000 students enrolled. One high school student and one middle level
student in each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico are named
state honorees and receive $1,000, a silver medallion, and an expenses-paid
trip to Washington, D.C. Ten state winners-five high school and five middle
level students-are named national honorees and receive an additional $5,000,
a gold medal, and a trophy for their schools. Program packets are available
in schools in September. For more information, contact: National Association
of Secondary School Principals, Department of Student Activities, 1904
Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1537; (703) 860-0200 or (800) 253-7746;
fax (703) 476-5432; e-mail

The Elks National Foundation, one of America's largest and oldest fraternal
organizations, sponsors the merit-based Legacy Awards for Children of Elks.
High school seniors whose parents or grandparents have been Elks at least
since April 1999 are eligible to receive one of 500 $1,000, one-year
scholarships to be used toward study at an accredited U.S. college or
university. Applicants are judged on academic achievement and leadership
abilities. For more information, contact: Elks National Foundation, 2750 N.
Lakeview Ave., Chicago, IL 60614-1889; (773) 755-4728; e-mail [EMAIL PROTECTED]; 

November 5 ART  
Puffs facial tissue, a product of Procter & Gamble Co., in partnership with
Crayola, sponsors the Puffs Back-to-School Design the Box Contest, inviting
K-6 kids to create a design with the theme "What I like best about school."
Entries, which may be done in crayon, marker, pencil, pen, chalk, or paint,
are judged on the appropriateness of the design, originality, and charm. The
grand-prize winner receives a $25,000 savings bond for college and a Gateway
personal computer, along with a digital camera for the classroom. Three
first-place winners receive Gateway personal computers, and all winners get
a year's supply of Puffs. For more information, contact Puffs at (800)
77-PUFFS or visit or

November 15 PEACE POSTER
Lions Clubs International invites 11- through 13-year-old students to
participate in its 2001-02 Peace Poster Contest. Contestants submit a
poster- created in pencil, crayon, pen, marker, paint, or chalk-depicting
this year's theme, "Lighting the Path to World Peace." The grand-prize
winner receives $2,500, plus an expenses-paid trip with two family members
to the awards ceremony at the Lions Club International convention.
Participating schools and youth groups must be sponsored by a Lions Club,
and poster kits, which cost $7.95, must be purchased by October 1. Contact:
Lions Clubs International, (800) 288-8846; e-mail www.

The Intel Corp. invites high school seniors to compete for up to
$1.2-million in scholarships and awards in its Science Talent Search.
Students submit reports of science research projects. Forty finalists
receive a laptop computer and go on a weeklong, expenses-paid trip to
Washington, D.C., to participate in the Science Talent Institute. The
first-place finalist earns a $100,000, four-year scholarship; second- and
third-place finalists win scholarships of $75,000 and $50,000, respectively.
For more information, contact: Intel Science Talent Search, Science Service,
1719 N St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 785-2255; e-mail

The National Society of Professional Engineers offers National Scholarships
for high school seniors who plan to study engineering at an ABET-accredited
college or university. The Auxiliary Scholarship provides one female with
$1,000 a year for four years. The Virginia D. Henry Memorial Scholarship is
a one-time $1,000 prize given to a female for her freshman year only. The
Paul H. Robbins Honorary Scholarship gives $2,000 to any individual. Awards
may be applied to any ABET-accredited college or university and are based
strictly on SAT scores, GPA, and an essay. For more information, contact:
NSPE Headquarters, Education Services, 1420 King St., Alexandria, VA
22314-2794; (703) 684-2800;

December 1 ENGLISH 
Because students must know the rules in order to break them, Cottonwood
Press invites kids to enter its "Aggravate Your English Teacher" Contest. In
750 words or less, students are urged to commit the 50 pet peeves discussed
in the book How to Avoid English Teachers' Pet Peeves. Prizes of $50, $30,
and $20 are awarded to the top three winners in each of three categories:
grades 5-8, grades 9-12, and adult. Entries must commit at least 90 percent
of the pet peeves and some entries will be published in future editions of
the book. For more information, contact: Cottonwood Press, 107 Cameron Dr.,
Fort Collins, CO 80525; (800) 864-4297;

Young Playwrights Inc. invites students ages 18 and under to write original,
nonmusical plays for the Young Playwrights Festival, which aims to identify,
develop, and encourage young playwrights. Several plays are accepted for
production at the festival, and 10-12 students are invited to the YPI
Writers Conference, an intensive play-writing workshop in New York City that
culminates in professionally staged readings of the winning plays. Contact:
Young Playwrights Festival National Playwright Competition, 306 W. 38th St.,
Suite 300, New York, NY 10018; (212) 307-1140; fax (212) 307-1454; e-mail

December 7 ART  
Sakura of America, producer of oil pastels, announces its eighth annual
"Cray- Pas Wonderful, Colorful World" art contest. Public and private school
students submit work that uses oil pastels to win prizes for themselves,
their schools, and the sponsoring teachers. Entries are judged on
creativity, technique, and visual impact in three grade levels: K-2, 3-5,
and 6-8. One first-prize winner in each category receives a $300 savings
bond; second- and third-place winners receive $200 and $100 savings bonds,
respectively. Winning schools get art supplies and one randomly drawn
teacher goes to London. For more information, contact: Sakura Cray-Pas 2002
Wonderful, Colorful World Contest, 30780 San Clemente, Hayward, CA 94544;
(888) 418-0327, ext. 177;

High school seniors nationwide are invited to write an essay for the
American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Contest. Each applicant
submits an essay of 700 to 1,000 words describing the history and impact of
automatic fire sprinklers, a bibliography, and a letter of recommendation.
Scholarships of $1,000 are given to seven regional winners. The first-place
winner receives an additional $3,000 scholarship; one second-place winner
and one third-place winner get additional scholarships of $2,000 and $1,000,
respectively. Applications, guidelines, and past essays are available on the
Web site. For more information, contact: Scholarship Contest, American Fire
Sprinkler Association, 12959 Jupiter Rd., Suite 142, Dallas, TX 75238; fax
(214) 343- 8898; e-mail [EMAIL PROTECTED];

Greentimes, an environmental newspaper written by and for kids, seeks
students' stories and ideas for publication.  For more information, contact:
Elizabeth Gilmore, Greentimes, 55 Reservoir Street, Cambridge, MA 02138;
(617) 868-5760; [EMAIL PROTECTED];

BizWorld brings volunteers into the classroom to encourage 3rd through 8th
grade students to learn about business.  The course is a business simulation
in which groups of students start and run their own businesses designing,
manufacturing, and selling friendship bracelets.  Community Volunteers visit
classrooms to instruct students in business techniques.  For more
information, visit their website: [EMAIL PROTECTED] or
Contact: BizWorld, 400 Seaport Court, Suite 104, Redwood City, CA 94063;
(650) 368-0777.

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